Before joining CHRA, Jeff was Associate Director, Federal Affairs with Glaxo SmithKline, and before then, served as Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs with the Canadian Pharmacists Association for five years. In this role, he was responsible for advocacy, stakeholder relations, policy development, media relations, and external communication for the association. Jeff has held many other senior positions in the nonprofit world, including President of the Association of Canadian Engineering Companies and Director of Government Relations and Director of Environment for the Canadian Construction Association. Jeff has also worked for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and several Members of Parliament in the 1990s.
Jeff, who is bilingual, holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and History and a Masters of Arts in science politique canadienne from the University of Ottawa. He is very active in the Ottawa community, serving as President of the Board of Directors of the Centretown Community Health Centre for two years. In 2014, he ran for Ottawa City Council in Somerset ward, finishing 2nd out of 11 candidates. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Operation Come Home and Bruce House.
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Director, Programs and Strategic Initiatives
Before moving to Ottawa and joining CHRA, Dominika worked for the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission, and for the program development team in the housing branch of Government of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Social Services. Dominika holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Biology/Global Health from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Public Health in Population Health from Simon Fraser University. Since her university days, Dominika has been interested in affordable housing and homelessness issues, and particularly how they relate to health. She is also a past CHRA Emerging Professional.
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Manager, Membership & Communications
Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communications from the University of Ottawa and a Public Relations diploma from Algonquin College.
Before joining CHRA, Mark worked for over five years in the non-profit sector with major national organizations. He is passionate about building networks and connecting with others.
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Marketing and Promotions Associate
Dana is currently working on her Joint Honours BSocSci degree in Communications and Political Science at the University of Ottawa. She has worked in a variety of different environments including media relations, academic, commercial, and hospitality.
Upon working with the CHRA, Dana hopes to broaden her experience working in her field and strengthen her knowledge on working with NGOs to push for government policy initiatives.
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Melissa Weigel holds a Bachelor of Arts - Political Science from the University of Waterloo. For the past 5 years, she has worked as Chaplain in Ottawa’s homeless services as well as worked in finance and administration within the non profit association sector for over 4 years.
She is passionate about issues around homelessness, poverty and drug/alcohol use and mental health.
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